What you can do?
#1 Use your influence.
Share with family and friends – in person, fb etc. Write to your local paper, your MP, the Prime Minister. Keep infomed about upcoming actions/ petitions. See links below (Generation Zero, 350). Vote.
#2 Cut fossil fuels.
Fly way less, Drive less, car pool, Clean energy is 100%possible
#3 Clean Energy
Use Clean energy whenever possible. Eat less meat - meat production counts for up to 40% Nz emissions (some of this is export of course). Lets encourage different land-use in NZ
#1 Carbon emissions need to drastically reduce this decade.
Temperatures have risen 1.5C since pre-industrial times. This is the edge of our safe limit. We must drastically reduce our use of oil, gas and coal NOW if we are to slow the impacts of climate change. If we don't, we can expect *Up to 1.5m sea-level rise *Worsening storms, fires and droughts *species extinctions * water /food shortages.
#1 The time is Now -Al Gore.
The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need, more are being developed, and as they become available and become more affordable when produced in scale, they will make it easier to respond. But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait.AL GORE .
Veronika Meduna’s new book at only 88pages was given to me at Christmas and makes a fascinating read, a good introduction to understanding climate issues with good NZ inclusions.
Quote from Veronika in the NZ herald interview 10th Dec.
“I’m equally optimistic that the groundswell in grassroots activism is an indication that more and more people are willing to make a difference. I’m encouraged by the fact that many countries, including Australia, are in favour of the goal to keep warming at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, rather than 2 degrees.” http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11558931
• Veronika Meduna is a producer for RNZ’s Our Changing World science show and author of the book Towards A Warmer World: What Climate Change Will Mean For New Zealand’s Future, published by Bridget Williams Books and available in bookshops or as an e-book. RRP: $14.99
– NZ Herald
Interesting article on the dual problems of Climate change and terrorism by Harriet Lamb
Many organisations and individuals are making the move to withdraw investments from Fossil fuels as this is one of the more powerful ways to exert influence. The Anglican church, Victoria University, Otago city Council…. help sway Auckland University to be the next. Sign the petition below.
In one week, the University of Auckland Council is meeting to decide whether they will divest the University of Auckland from fossil fuels, or whether they will continue to fund climate-wrecking industries.
The student representatives on the Council will present our petition as well as a report recommending full divestment at the meeting on Monday December 7.
We need your help to make the Council vote on the right side of history. Will you share our petition with your friends?
It takes the collective voices of those who care deeply about the University and a safe climate future like you and me to make ethical investment matter to Council members. By boosting our petition before we present it to them on Monday, they will see the urgent mandate for this issue. But I need your help.
Share this link SHARE ON FACEBOOK and TWITTER and say why divestment matters to you: bit.ly/fossilfreeuoapetition
The divestment movement is spreading rapidly around the world, as universities like Stanford, Australian National University and Victoria University of Wellington show their leadership and commitment to a sustainable world. But these are not just symbolic acts, as the Bank of England, International Energy Agency and the OECD are now recognising that we have to keep much of the world’s fossil fuels in the ground.
The University of Auckland has an opportunity to add its strong voice to this movement. Will it live up to its reputation as a leader in the Pacific, or lag behind?
Together, we can help the University to put its money where its mouth is and step up on climate change.
Let’s make this happen!
Max and the team at Fossil Free UoA
Climate change is occurring at unprecedented rates, thanks in large part to the massive amounts of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere by the…
….and a good summary of Marches around NZ at http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/290788/climate-activists-in-nationwide-protests
Around 7000 Wellingtonians came from the streets, suburbs and surrounding districts to show that they want more action on Climate Change. It was a great atmosphere united message.
We stood before the beehive and heard Justin Duckworth, Pala Molisa and others calling for firmer action, NOW
Some of the Banners read ….
‘System change not climate change’
‘Save the Humans’ …. yes the planet will continue in some shape but it’s the humans that need to change.
‘Planet before profit’
Well done march organisers and all of you who took to the street !!!!
Law student going to court over NZ climate change policy
Friday 13th November 2015 The Wireless (also in NZ Herald, stuff, and radionz.co.nz. checkpoint)
Keep Wgtn buses clean. Sign Petition now. – see Transport page
Great to see all those who made it to the last two keepacoolworld events. James Renwick shared interesting insights on the NZ climate situation, and the fact that these next 20-30 years are critical in getting CO2 concentrations down. Lizzie Sullivan updated the audience on 350’s divestment campaign. For those who don’t know, Divestment is where individuals, organisations or companies withdraw funds from any investments in fossil fuels. If we can build up a divestment momentum, it is hoped that it will send a strong message that we don’t want to keep ‘digging up’, ‘fracking up’ and ‘drilling up’ these fuels, and will put the squeeze on the FF industry. Last year was a successful one in this regard, with Victoria University, Dunedin city council and the Anglican church of Aotearoa all taking this stand. See what you can do http://350.org.nz/…/divestment…/divestment-resources/
.Hear the expert panel with Veronika Meduna Pala Molisa, Catherine Leining, Phil Squire and Aaron Packard from last week’s event.
or hear two thought-provoking radio interviews
1. Pala Molisa (Lecturer Victoria university Economics and business school) speaks about the economic factors involved in climate change. Traditionally accounting has excluded environmental and social impacts but how can the true costs of pollution be applied? http://accessradio.org.nz/Community+Zone#.VfOGp0LldSX
Go to ‘demand content’ Community Zone Thursday 4th Sept 2015
2. Aaron Packard (Global Climate impacts Co-ordinator, discussing powerful climate action happening around the world350.org) http://accessradio.org.nz/Community+Zone#.VegMVULldSX His talk starts at 14mins
People do care about climate change. Well plenty do…. if our Facebook page Keep A Cool World is anything to go by – 500 likes in its first 2 weeks. People need to see that others care and that together our efforts will make a difference. If we reached our target of 1250 visitors to these September events that’s 1250 people showing they care about Climate Change and learning how they can do their bit. So get your friends along. Speak about this issue. This is the only event of this kind in Wellington, reaching a large number of everyday people. Lets take a stand .
You see that pale, blue dot? That’s us. Everything that has ever happened in all of human history, has happened on that pixel. All the triumphs and all the tragedies, all the wars all the famines, all the major advances… it’s our only home. And that is what is at stake, our ability to live on planet Earth, to have a future as a civilization. I believe this is a moral issue, it is your time to seize this issue, it is our time to rise again to secure our future. Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth (2006)